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May 8, 1948


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Cincinnati 29.

JAMA. 1948;137(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890360093022

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To the Editor:—  My interest in the control of urban air pollution led me to seek further information on the Niagara Falls, N. Y., ordinance which was given such enthusiastic mention in the Medical News columns (THE JOURNAL, January 31. p. 339). Direct query to the director of air pollution control at Niagara Falls elicited the information that the Industrial Hygiene Division of the U. S. Public Health Service had no part in formulating the ordinance, contrary to the statement in THE JOURNAL. Furthermore, careful perusal of the ordinance as it now stands fails to reveal anything unique in its provisions—it is patterned after the American Institute of Engineers' standard proposal, which still relies for enforcement on the constant policing of all the city's old flues and locomotive smokestacks for illegal smoke emission.Control of smoke production by the policing of the multitude of city flues has been demonstrated to

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